March 25, 2007
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes, an unbeatable combination
I love the old Roy Rogers and early John Wayne movies because they both feature Gabby Hayes, one of the best character actors in western movies (maybe in all of moviedom). He can steal a scene just by mugging at the camera. What makes him unique among sidekicks is that he isn't just comic relief, he's also a tough and reliable partner in rough situations. Someone you depend on in a tight spot. In addition, despite his obvious foibles, he is extremely likeable as a character. Having seen him in over 30 movies, I've never seen a weak performance. If he's in a shot, it's him you watch.
As to the movie, Roy is, again, the thinking man's cowboy hero. With him, the wheels are always turning. He isn't fooled by the obvious. He looks behind the facade and sees the game the other side is playing. Then lays his plan and nails them.
On another note, I really like the lead actress. I've seen her in a couple of other Roy Rogers films and she always gives special performance. She's much more believable than the usual western leading lady.
This western is well above the average. It's easy to see why Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes made so many movies together. They were simply the best.
May 24, 2006
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes as stagecoach drivers. Their boss can't abide the railroad cutting into his business. Roy and Gabby step in between Crehan and railroad man. A band of outlaws force Crehan and Cleveland to work together.
You know, Roy Roger stuff.